Thursday, August 19, 2004

     I'm tired tonight, and I still have another two hours of writing that I wanted to get done before I go to bed. When I'm off work, I find myself driven to write as much as I can. I want to do as much as I can. When I return to my job, sometimes it feels like a relief. That I can relax and not push myself so hard. Where did this work ethic come from?
     I know the answer to that. Both my mother and father worked themselves nearly to death to see that their four kids could go to college and have a better life than what they had. They taught me to work hard and to keep working hard. I'm not sure how talented I am, but I do know that I have had more success than other people more talented than I am simply because I kept my butt to the chair and my fingers on the keyboard. A little bit of talent applied hard will always do more than a great talent not used.
     A old cliché goes: "Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration." It's only a cliché because it's true.

5 comments:

Joel said...

Re: cliche.
"PRESS ON... Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Determination and persistence alone are omnipotent.. Calvin Coolidge"

Trixie said...

Touche! Discipline is its own reward. I admire your stick-to-it-iveness.

Erudite Redneck said...

Writers write because they write. Period.

Erudite Redneck said...

Hope yer OK.
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Omni said...

You're right; hard work is the key. :-)